Thursday, May 21, 2009

Basilica

Since he is so interested in cathedrals right now, I took N. to the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis last week (while Tim attended another funeral, and before we headed up north for our nephew's funeral). It's a fascinating Beaux Arts building, completed in 1915. This was the first time N. had seen a cathedral in real life, rather than in a book, and I think it met his expectations. We went at mid-day and there were only a couple people praying in the pews as we looked around. I didn't think to caution him about appropriate demeanor beforehand, but he immediately spoke in a whisper when we got inside, presumably awed by the building's grandeur! N. liked the windows, the barrel vault, and the organ, but was a little disappointed in the dome, which was not as big as he expected and is not a perfect hemisphere like the dome of St. Paul's.
(Our first glimpse of the Basilica)
(the front facade)
(the dome over the apse)

After lunch we walked across Loring Park to see St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, built in the Gothic style and thus very satisfying to N. -- exactly what he thinks a cathedral should be.
(the choir stalls)

On our walk we also saw Frank Gehry's Standing Glass Fish...


...and Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry


It was a rich day, a last indulgence before we joined our family in mourning.

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